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What is an Audiology Doctoral Extern?

When you visit any of the Gardner Audiology locations throughout the Tampa Bay area of Florida, you are likely to meet a Doctoral Extern. Many people confuse this term for someone similar to an intern. While this is partly correct, it is more appropriate to compare a Doctoral Extern to a Resident working in a hospital. Doctoral Externs are completing the final requirements before they become a Doctor of Audiology themself. 

You may be wondering, “is the Doctoral Extern qualified to care for my hearing loss?” Yes, they are! An Audiologist is required to complete, at a minimum, an undergraduate bachelor’s degree, a graduate-school doctoral level degree, and pass a national exam to become eligible for state licensure. The Doctoral Extern you’ll be working with has completed all the required academic coursework for their doctoral degree. This includes periodic comprehensive testing that ensures they have progressed as expected, both clinically and academically. The final year of an Audiology Doctoral program is comprised entirely of supervised clinical hours – which is why they are here!  

While a Doctoral Extern may be working with you one-on-one, they are always being supervised in some capacity by an experienced fully licensed doctor.. If there is ever a question of how to proceed, or less common types of hearing loss/conditions, there is always a licensed Audiologist available to provide support to both the Doctoral Extern and patient! Whether you are working more closely with the Doctoral Extern or Audiologist, you are always in good hands at Gardner Audiology! 

Please contact Gardner Audiology at 1-800-277-1182, or email info@gardneraudiology.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.  

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